prostitution

noun
pros·​ti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌprä-stə-ˈtü-shən How to pronounce prostitution (audio) , -ˈtyü-\

Definition of prostitution

1 : the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money
2 : the state of being prostituted : debasement

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Synonyms for prostitution

Synonyms

harlotry, vice, whoredom

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Examples of prostitution in a Sentence

She was arrested for prostitution. Writing commercials was a prostitution of his talents.

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He was subsequently charged with solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Seth Hurwitz Arrest Report Details Investigation Into 9:30 Club Owner's Conduct," 21 Aug. 2019 Howard detectives placed fake ads on websites known to advertise prostitution. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Three men arrested, charged in latest Howard prostitution sting," 21 Aug. 2019 Since 2012, Elijah Rising has maintained the Museum of Modern-Day Slavery, hosted Awareness Van Tours, and held outreaches into local brothels and streets where prostitution is common. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Elijah Rising opening restoration campus in Fort Bend County for survivors of sex trafficking," 2 Aug. 2019 In 2008, the multimillionaire pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution and served 13 months in a Florida jail. Toni Reinhold, sun-sentinel.com, "Epstein found in fetal position in cell with marks on his neck, report says," 25 July 2019 Visitors also often are surprised that prostitution isn't legal in Las Vegas. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Las Vegas' new safety features? The city wants to stay fun -- and secure," 12 July 2019 Under the once-secret deal — overseen by Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time and is now Trump’s labor secretary — Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution. Jim Mustian, The Denver Post, "Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with molesting dozens of girls," 8 July 2019 Under the once-secret deal — overseen by Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time and is now Trump's labor secretary — Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under 18 for prostitution. orlandosentinel.com, "New sex charges filed against Jeffrey Epstein as nude photos allegedly found," 8 July 2019 Howard detectives posted fake ads on websites known to be used for prostitution. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Three men arrested, charged in latest Howard prostitution sting," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of prostitution

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Sep 2019

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The first known use of prostitution was in 1553

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prostitution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prostitution

: the work of a prostitute : the act of having sex in exchange for money
: the use of a skill or ability in a way that is not appropriate or respectable

prostitution

noun
pros·​ti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌpräs-tə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü- How to pronounce prostitution (audio) \

Legal Definition of prostitution

: the act or practice of engaging in sexual activity indiscriminately especially for money also : the crime of engaging in such activity

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